House Bill 2457

Ask a Nonprofit Specialist: What does the repeal of Arizona's solicitation law mean to my nonprofit?

posted by
Anne Byrne,
Professional-in-Residence,
ASU Lodestar Center


Question: How have the requirements for charitable solicitation registration in Arizona changed with new legislation? What does this mean for my organization? Are we still required to file annual reports? What about internet based fundraising? Are we required to register with other states? Is this good or bad for nonprofits in Arizona?

The Arizona legislature recently passed legislation that repeals Arizona’s solicitation registration laws and the requirement that nonprofit organizations file annual solicitation registration or renewal forms with the Secretary of State. This should not be confused with the Corporate Annual Report required by the Arizona Corporation Commission, which is still required.

Most states typically regulate nonprofit organizations through solicitation laws that are concerned with charitable solicitations from the general public. These laws were designed to protect the public from misleading or unethical fundraising practices.